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CHERRIES, CHARLIE & CIFTCI

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CELTIC’S deputy skipper Charlie Mulgrew is on newly-promoted Bournemouth’s summer wish list.
Eddie Howe’s shock squad have picked up an immediate bonus of a whopping £150million for being promoted to the Premier League.
And the Cherries boss realises he needs experience in what is basically a young and untested squad.
Mulgrew, who has been missing from action since the turn of the year with a knee injury, is already figuring in the Dean Court manager’s thoughts.
The 29-year-old utility star is out of contract at the Hoops in the summer of 2016 and the four-in-a-row champions may be persuaded to allow him to move this summer.
He was Neil Lennon’s first signing, arriving from Aberdeen in July 2010 and has performed in a variety of position for the team, including left-back, central defence and midfield – another factor that has impressed Bournemouth.
Israeli international Nir Bitton has taken his role in the middle of the park and was the club’s most improved player during the season as he dovetailed excellently with skipper Scott Brown.
That fact may test Ronny Deila’s resolve and could see Mulgrew, who started his career at Parkhead, returning to sample English football again after brief spells at Wolves and Southend before moving to Pittodrie in 2008.
Meanwhile, Nadir Ciftci has stressed he is happy at Dundee United despite speculation linking him with a move to Paradise.
The Turkish striker has been outstanding for the Tannadice club this season, but has only one year remaining on his current contract. However, the 23-year-old has stressed he is committed to the Tayside outfit.

He said: “I’m here right now and I have one more year left. I’m happy to stay if that’s what happens.

“I’m not looking at anything else this summer. The only thing I’ll be looking forward to is coming back for pre-season.”

 
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